HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division III Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division II Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division I Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS TRACK AND FIELD: 2019 Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches’ All-Star Teams

As the spring sports season enters its final week, ON THE BLOG begins to put a bow on the 2018-19 scholastic sports year. Today, the Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches' All-Star Teams are released. Western Wayne coach Justin Collins organizes a meeting of the coaches...

Wade, Didi team up for ‘extraordinary’ play

Didi Gregorius ranges up the middle to field a ground ball by Malquin Canelo in the third inning. Gregorius would spin and throw to first in time to get the Lehigh Valley leadoff hitter, but that wasn't even the most impressive defensive play he was a part of Friday...
Daredevil act

Daredevil act

Like his peers in other states, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is playing a high-stakes balancing act, juggling public health with economic reality.

Coronavirus Diaries Day Ten: New York State of Mind

Coronavirus Diaries Day Ten: New York State of Mind

The Empire State is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in America and on its way to being ground zero for the world. Just watched New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest update. As of noon today, his state had 30,418 cases and 285 people dead. Cuomo said the...

Olympics sidelined

Olympics sidelined

Like numerous other athletic events, the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be forced to ride the pine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the name of public health, it's the right call.

Coronavirus Diaries Day Nine: Cuomo for President 2020

Coronavirus Diaries Day Nine: Cuomo for President 2020

Late diary today. Wednesday's column came first.  The TV is on the background most of the day, with brief blasts of Spotify to break up the monotony. Also, I'd rather suffer through the most incomprehensible Wagnerian opera than sit through another of Impeached...

Hanging out

Hanging out

As the state's public school students sit at home while riding out the COVID-19 outbreak, there are lots of unanswered questions regarding the plausibility of online lessons (unlikely, given that not all kids have equal access to the internet at home), and changing...

Coronavirus Diaries Day Eight: Hall Pass from Principal Wolf

Coronavirus Diaries Day Eight: Hall Pass from Principal Wolf

Got my papers today. In the increasingly likely event that Gov. Tom Wolf adds Lackawanna to the list of seven counties he closed today, I'll be free to travel -- as long as I'm working. Because Wolf rightly recognizes local newspapers as "life-sustaining" businesses,...

Coronavirus Diaries Day Seven: Sunday Lilies, Monday Snow

Coronavirus Diaries Day Seven: Sunday Lilies, Monday Snow

The sun is out and our lilies are blooming, bright bursts of yellow next to the plastic pink flamingos under the "Welcome Friends" sign Chrissy planted by the front walk. It's hard to believe snow is in the forecast for tomorrow, as if we needed another reason to run...

Compromised immune system

Compromised immune system

Individuals with underlying health issues or compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to the COVID-19 outbreak. The city's long-distressed pension fund also falls under this category.

Coronavirus Diaries Day Six: Epiphany in Aisle 7

Coronavirus Diaries Day Six: Epiphany in Aisle 7

The sign on the door and the empty parking lot told me the meeting was canceled. I left the car running and walked to the locked entrance to read the black words on white paper. ALL MEETINGS CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS Damn. I shaved for this. On a...

Coronavirus Diaries Day Five: Where’s the remote?

Coronavirus Diaries Day Five: Where’s the remote?

We're bugging out. Those of us who can work remotely are vacating 149 Penn Ave. Those who can't will be safer with fewer people in the cubicle farm. I will miss my work family and the newsroom I've been walking into for close to 25 years, but it's time to clear out....

Coronavirus Diaries, Day Four: The Waiting

Coronavirus Diaries, Day Four: The Waiting

Tom Petty was right. The waiting is the hardest part. This morning, I was on Facebook Messenger chatting with an area woman who is very ill and self-quarantined as she waits for test results that could put a name to her suffering. She hopes it's not novel coronavirus....

Coronavirus Diaries, Day Three: King of the Road

Coronavirus Diaries, Day Three: King of the Road

My morning commute is so easy, I could drive it blindfolded. I travel 5.5 miles between home and work. Six streets, three left turns and one right. Today I had the road almost totally to myself. Downtown is similarly empty. Car traffic is heavier, but far fewer people...

Here’s mud in your eye

Here’s mud in your eye

Pennsylvania has shuttered all of its state-owned liquor stores in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving bourbon and scotch aficionados high and dry.

Coronavirus Diaries, Day Two: Potato Daze

Coronavirus Diaries, Day Two: Potato Daze

It's Potato Day at The Times-Tribune. Every St. Patrick's Day, the Employee Relations Committee provides baked potatoes the size of footballs with all the fixings. As workplace perks go, Potato Day is second only to Chili Day. Some of us look forward to it all year. I...

Making the right call

Making the right call

Among the many hitherto-unthinkable developments prompted by the coronavirus pandemic was the correct decision by the PIAA to put high-school sporting events on hold for the foreseeable future.

Coronavirus Diaries, Day 1

Coronavirus Diaries, Day 1

My colleagues and I are still here, trading vapor droplets and gallows humor in the newsroom cubicle farm. Social distancing and community journalism don't mix. It's a skeleton crew, well under CDC crowd restrictions, but the background noise is all virus, all the...

Sunshine eclipse

Sunshine eclipse

Sunshine Week is once again here, reminding us all that the public's right to know the doings of their government and its officials is always under assault.